In this profusely illustrated work, journalist Ichbiah provides a broad view of the history, present, and future of robots, covering both the fictive and the real. Because of the scope of the material, little is treated in depth, but such is the trade off for discovering the amazing range of types of robots and the scope of their uses. Material ranges from the roots of the robot in the novel "Frankenstein" and other works to insect-like explorers designed to collect samples on mars, from simple childhood toys to advanced means of killing in wars, and from utilitarian automatic vacuum cleaners to whimsical art installations.
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